M 83 - barred spiral galaxy in Hydra

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© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2014

Messier 83 (also known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy or NGC 5236) is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Hydra. It is one of the closest and brightest barred spiral galaxies in the sky. It was discovered by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille on February 23, 1752 at the Cape of Good Hope. Later (in March 1781) Charles Messier added it to his catalogue of nebulous objects. Situated at approximately 15 million light-years away, M83 is at the center of one of two subgroups within the Centaurus A/M83 Group, a nearby galaxy group. Centaurus A is at the center of the other subgroup. These two groups are sometimes identified as one group and sometimes identified as two groups. However, the galaxies around Centaurus A and the galaxies around M83 are physically close to each other, and both subgroups appear not to be moving relative to each other. Six supernovae (SN 1923A, SN 1945B, SN 1950B, SN 1957D, SN 1968L and SN 1983N) have been observed in M83.

This is an image taken with 12" ASA astrograph. An image taken with 16" Dream Corrected Astrograph (DCA) can be seen here


Image details:


Center of field RA 13:37:02 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -29:52:01 (deg:m:s)
Size 54.2 x 40.4 (arcmin)
Pixel scale: 1.03 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -1.2 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from Astrometry.net
Optic(s): ASA 12" f 3,6 Astrograph (ASA)
Mount: ASA DDM85
Camera: FLI MicroLine 8300 CCD camera
Filters: Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, Astrodon filters
Dates/Times: 22,23 August 2014
Location: Namibia-TIVOLI ASTROFARM, S 23° 27' 40,9" / E 18° 01' 02,2"
Exp. Details: L:10x10min,R:6x10min, G:6x10min, B:6x10min,, Bin1,
  Total Exposure Time - 280 min.
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction,
Processing: PixInsight / PS (Warren Keller - only PixInsight)
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2014. All Rights Reserved
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